Review: THE RESTLESS DEAD by Simon Beckett

THE RESTLESS DEAD by Simon Beckett, published by Bantam Press ISBN: Hardback 9780593063477 RRP £12.99; ebook 9781409043034 at £7.99 on Amazon Simon Beckett is now a “European phenomenon, selling over 6 million copies in Germany alone”, according to the publisher’s blurb on the press release. Yes, I know, I don’t take much notice of such comments either. … Continue reading

Review: AMNESIA by Michael Ridpath, published by Corvus in May 2017

Trade Paperback: 9781782397564  at £12.99 ebook: 9781782397571  at  £5.99 Okay, I have a confession to make here. I hadn’t heard of Michael Ridpath when he first started writing. I was a lowly author of three or four books, and it was my sister-in-law who persuaded me to pick up a copy of THE MARKET MAKER … Continue reading

Roy George (Peter) Jecks – A Son’s Perspective

How do you sum up a life that was so full and so long? Even knowing what to call him is fraught with difficulty. He was known as “Peter” for most of his life; in the Army he was known as “Lieutenant”, before a brief stint as “Private” (we won’t go into that), and rising … Continue reading

Review: When She Was Bad

Review: WHEN SHE WAS BAD, Tammy Cohen, published by Black Swan There are many styles of crime books. I tend to write historical and spy thrillers, others write gritty, noir contemporary crime, some stick to psychological suspense, or to straightforward cosy stories. I am always keen to find a book that is a little different, … Continue reading

Christmas Giveaway!

This year has been busy, very busy. I’ve published Rebellion’s Message, and Blood of the Innocents, while also writing the first in a new Crusaders series, a second in the Blackjack, Bloody Mary series, and two other books that will hopefully hit a shelf near you in the coming year. Oh, and planning a new historical, a … Continue reading

In Praise of Crime

I’m in the middle of writing another book just now, the follow up to Rebellion’s Message, in which the often confused Jack Blackjack continues to try to escape a fresh series of tribulations in the early part of Bloody Mary’s reign. It got me thinking about what it is that really appeals to me about … Continue reading

Nose to the Grindstone

Yes, I know I said I was going to be writing more regularly … but just now the main writing has to be the work on the next Jack Blackjack book, which has to be complete by end November. It’s been a very bitty year, this. Little bits of work on so many different projects, … Continue reading

Beginning a New Story

This week I’m embarking on a new novel, and I’m going back to my roots. Yes, it’s a crime novel. I’ve had a few people ask me how I actually get started with a book. The simple answer is, I don’t know. The ideas begin when I have a basic concept occur to. Sometimes that … Continue reading

Back at the Desk

I’m back! Apologies for my radio silence. With the pressure of writing, as well as losing two good friends, the blog has had to take a back seat. I’ve been doing more painting than blogging. However, it doesn’t mean I’ve been slowing down. In the first quarter I managed to republish Act of Vengeance, For … Continue reading

Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt – a Campaign of Dissimulation and Distortion

I think it’s time to poke my head over the parapet. First, apologies if this comes across as a little rambling. It is a work in progress, as you will see. First of all, I love Europe. I love France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Greece, and would love to visit many other countries. I love them … Continue reading